Rayong Province

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Rayong

ระยอง
Flag of Rayong
Flag
Official seal of Rayong
Seal
Map of Thailand highlighting Rayong Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Rayong Province
CountryThailand
CapitalRayong city
Government
 • GovernorSurasak Charoensirichot (since October 2016)
Area
 • Total3,552 km2 (1,371 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 57th
Population
 (2014)
 • Total674,393
 • RankRanked 45th
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
 • Density rankRanked 25th
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
ISO 3166 codeTH-21

Rayong Province (Thai: ระยอง, pronounced [rā.jɔ̄ːŋ]; Chong: ราย็อง[1]) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Chonburi, and Chanthaburi. To the south is the Gulf of Thailand.

History[edit]

King Taksin (of Thailand) came to Rayong after the fall of Ayutthaya. During a short stay in Rayong he built a navy, and then went on to Chanthaburi to assemble forces to fight back against the Burmese.[citation needed] There is a shrine in Rayong where local people pay their respects to Taksin.

Geography[edit]

Although the north is hilly, the province consists mostly of low coastal plains. Several islands in the Gulf of Thailand belong to the province, including the popular tourist destinations, Ko Samet, Ko Mun, and Ko Khod.

Symbols[edit]

The seal of the province shows the island Ko Samet. The provincial tree is Alexandrian laurel (Calophyllum inophyllum).

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map of districts

The province is divided into eight districts (amphoes). These are further subdivided into 58 sub-districts (tambons) and 388 villages (mubans).

  1. Mueang Rayong
  2. Ban Chang
  3. Klaeng
  4. Wang Chan
  1. Ban Khai
  2. Pluak Daeng
  3. Khao Chamao
  4. Nikhom Phatthana

Transport[edit]

Rayong is served by U-Tapao International Airport in Ban Chang District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ องค์ บรรจุน. สยามหลากเผ่าหลายพันธุ์. กรุงเทพฯ:มติชน, 2553, หน้า 128 (in Thai)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 12°40′32″N 101°16′42″E / 12.67556°N 101.27833°E / 12.67556; 101.27833